TED Fellows program

The TED Fellows program is designed to bring together young world-changers and trailblazers who have shown unusual accomplishment and exceptional courage. The program targets individuals from the Asia/Pacific region, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Middle East, though anyone from anywhere in the world, age 18 and over, is welcome to apply

Benefits to Fellows
  • Attendance to one TED or TEDGlobal Conference with all expenses paid (conference, travel, room and board)
  • Participation in Fellows pre-conference activities
  • Private social networking on TED.com
  • Potential to speak on the TED Fellows or TED University stage
  • Potential to have that talk posted on TED.com
  • Participation in the SupporTED coaching program

Responsibilities of Fellows
  • Full attendance and participation at the Conference
  • Submission of a post-conference report
  • Regular participation in the TED Fellows community

Additional benefits to Senior Fellows
  • Attendance to four additional TED and TEDGlobal Conferences with all expenses paid (travel, room and board)
  • Participation in four additional Senior Fellows-centered pre-conference activities
  • Potential to deliver a full-length talk on the main stage
  • Potential to have that TEDTalk posted online

Additional responsibilities of Senior Fellows
  • Full attendance and participation at four additional TED or TEDGlobal Conferences over two years
  • Submission of a post-conference report after each conference
  • Regular posting on the TED Fellows Blog
  • Hosting a TEDx event for 50+ people
  • Giving a talk on the TED Fellows, TED University or main TED stage
Who should apply
We are looking for an eclectic, heterogeneous group of young thinkers and doers from the fields of technology, entertainment, design, the sciences, engineering, humanities, the arts, economics, business, journalism, entrepreneurship and NGOs.

At TED, we can take risks on unconventional innovators. We value achievement over credentials -- making and doing over merely talking.

We are targeting applicants of ages 21-40 from five target regions: Africa, Asia/Pacific, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Middle East. However, anyone over the age 18 from around the world is welcome to apply.

How to apply
To apply to become a TED Fellow, please complete the application form in its entirety. (Before beginning the application, please review our applications tips and our terms and conditions.)

In addition to basic details and contact information, the application asks applicants to answer essay questions and provide three references. Applications must be received complete and on time to be considered.

The application cycles for TED and TEDGlobal are different. Applicants apply to one conference.

The selection process
TED Fellows are selected by the program staff.

Once a year, an international selection committee meets to select the TED Senior Fellows for the following year.

The selection committee is comprised of people who represent the breadth of interest and achievement that makes up the TED community. Committee members bring experiences from various fields and come from countries representing our target regions. Selections are made by the group as a whole, not by individuals.

Moreinfo: http://www.ted.com/pages/fellows-applying
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